Dalai Lama denied visa to SA for a third time

Cape Town - For a third time in five years the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa, reports said on Thursday.

He had been invited to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates next month, for the first time being held in Cape Town, the Cape Times reported.

The summit is being arranged by a local organising committee formed by the foundations representing the four South African laureates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Albert Luthuli.

The Dalai Lama’s representative in South Africa says the international relations and co-operations department had contacted her in the past week to say he would not be granted a visa.

And in a new twist, other Nobel Peace Laureates say they will also not attend the summit if the Dalai Lama is denied entry into the country.

But FW De Klerk’s foundation says the laureates should attend and protest there.

It is widely believed that the reason the Dalai Lama has been denied visas to the country is because of South Africa’s relations with China.

When asked by News24 for comment, the international relations spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, refused to speak on the matter and said all statements would come from the department’s top spokesperson, Clayson Monyela.

Monyela is on business in China.

In February, the Chinese government reacted in anger as US President Barack Obama ignored their request to not meet with the exiled Tibetan leader.

In April, Norwegian authorities were left torn between a planned visit by the Dalai Lama to Oslo and warming up its chilly ties with China, AFP reported.

Splunken Gobblesmack 2014/09/04 08:54:15 AM
"Monyela is on business in China." Enough said.
Ann Murray 2014/09/04 08:54:51 AM
It looks like the government is once more kowtowing to the Chinese masters. Clearly they are not having a man of his stature of peace have any influence in our country.
Claire Rees645 2014/09/04 08:56:30 AM
So yet agsin he is not being issued with a Visa because that will jeopardize our "relationship" with China. Way to go to SA government so Chinese government dictates to us who we can and cannot have in this country.
Peter Van Rensburg 2014/09/04 08:57:10 AM
howzit my CHINA!
Mo 2014/09/04 08:57:28 AM
Doesn't he know he just has to pay R150 at the border? They'll let him in, no worries. FREEEE JOBS FOR AALLLLL!!!
Bruwer 2014/09/04 08:59:11 AM
All Dictators and human abuse culprits are welcome , what a joke this anc is.
Alan December 2014/09/04 08:59:23 AM
The Dali Lama should just land in Zim and walk across the border like so many others do on a daily basis. No Visa required.
Andrea Seaton 2014/09/04 09:00:11 AM
Shocking...sorry many South Africans would love him to visit... ANC get your act together this is a Man of Peace.... you let every other hooligan / murderer into this country ... why not a man of PEACE !
John Egeonu 2014/09/04 09:00:54 AM
Sorry man, unfortunately China has bought this country and all activities of the government of s a is now been dictated by the Chinese, in the near future any government official of this country who could not speak chinese will be fired.
Stephan Steyn 2014/09/04 09:03:39 AM
we all know China owns South Africa really...